Kisschasy
United Paper People


3.0
good

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
April 17th, 2009 | 130 replies | 7,566 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overcoming some early filler, this debut’s strong 2nd half exhibits potential beyond Kisschasy’s years. So much so that they may be the band to bring Australian pop-punk to the forefront… Thick accent and all.

Accents are often strangely overlooked when it comes to discussing popular music, especially since they can make or break an artist on occasions. Bands such as the Arctic Monkeys are not only talented enough to overcome a lead vocalist with a thick accent, but they are able to use it to their advantage in providing character to their songs. However, many others are not so lucky and if their music lies anywhere near the mainstream, will often fail to even get a look in from an audience who want to be hooked immediately.

One genre which is especially susceptible to accent-related problems is pop-punk. Since the majority of bands who have been successful in this style of music have emanated from the U.S.A, any band with a singer who doesn’t have an American accent is going to stand out like a sore thumb. One case in point is Australian quartet Kisschasy, where lead singer Darren Cordeux has such a distinctive Aussie accent that it is easy enough to miss the telling opening lyrics of their debut LP ‘United Paper People’; “This is a toast to all the people listening, I hope it gets stuck in your head”.

The opener to which the above line belongs to is the unashamedly titled lead single ‘Do-Do’s & Whoa-Oh’s’. A conventionally structured and infectious piece, Cordeux does not exactly hide his intentions elsewhere on this song as he yelps “I wanted something that gets attention, this is the way it goes… Do-Do’s & Whoa-Ohs”. Of course, if one is still getting over the accent, the cut may take a few listens to reel you in. Not so fortunate are four of the remaining five tracks foolishly placed on the opening half of the album.

Whether it is the accent or simply the quality of the songs included within the first six tracks of ‘United Paper People’, the results are underwhelming. They either wander aimlessly, blend into any other pop-punk like song, or are too short to be anything more than half-decent interludes which do not capitalize on the ideas within them. 3rd single ‘This Bed’ is a slight exception in this grouping since it is a nice little rockier cut which still contains an ample serving of hooks.

Thankfully, come track 7 ‘Water on a Stove’, things pick up and there is surprisingly hardly a missed step throughout the latter half of the LP. The aforementioned strings-assisted cut really impresses and begins a succession of tracks where Cordeux’s vocals are actually used to each piece’s advantage. Subsequent up-tempo songs – 4th single ‘Face Without A Name’, hard-rocker ‘United Paper People’ and the anthemic ‘What We Become’ – all prove this, while also bringing some musical talent to the surface since there is a concerted effort to differentiate themselves from the pop-punk pack.

Ironically, it is on two ballads where Cordeux’s accent is most prevalent, where Kisschasy truly suggest their potential. Both 4th single ‘The Shake’ and closer ‘Black Dress’ not only use acoustics, piano and strings exceptionally well, but they exhibit an emotion and songwriting flare which should distinguish Kisschasy further as they mature. The closer’s tale of a man digging up his deceased lovers body out of grief (“I made my mind up last night that heaven just can’t have you”) may be twisted, but it is performed in such a manner to make it endearing!

While 42 minutes may not seem like an overly long album, it may just be two or three too many tracks for the young band Kisschasy were when they released ‘United Paper People’ in 2005. There is simply too much filler included to rate the album too highly as a whole. Yet, with the LPs strong second half, one cannot help but leave the listening process on a high and be impressed with this quartet’s potential. If they continue to grow as musicians and songwriters, while also having their songs better produced, then Kisschasy may just be the band to bring Australian pop-punk to the forefront… Thick accent and all.

Recommended Tracks: Do-Do’s & Whoa-Oh’s, Black Dress & Water on a Stove.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is for you Jake! Haha!

I actually wrote this a few weeks back & thought I gave it a 3.5.

AtavanHalen
April 17th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I rediscovered this record last week. Much love.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oooh, a 4. I knew you liked them DavID, but I didn't think it was that much. The 1st half of this album just drags too much for my liking.

AtavanHalen
April 17th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This Bed and Hearing Voices Tonight are the best tracks on here?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why have you put a question mark at the end of what appears to be a statement?

MassiveAttack
April 17th 2009



2688 Comments


So that & thing is really annoying Davey, almost as annoying as pop-punk mwuahahahah!

btw any suggestions on that ost review would be helpful I was struggling on what else to discuss since it was quite consistent in atmosphere.This Message Edited On 04.17.09

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have fallen victim to the (un)mighty '&' symbol many a time.

Leave pop-punk alone Marko. It's for people who like to have a bit of fun every now & then. I think I'll call you STOICavic from now on! ;-)

AtavanHalen
April 17th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Because I can't see how the first half drags at all, that's why.

MassiveAttack
April 17th 2009



2688 Comments


Stojakovic owns at 3-pters I take that as a compliment! Even if he is Serbian lol, no hate over here for us American Croats.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stop "seeing" & start "listening" DavID. Where's Jake when I need him. Then again, he's just going to say the whole thing drags. BTW, I thought 'Black Dress' would be right up your alley!

You are in my bad books now Marko. Firstly, you do not acknowledge my clever play on words! Secondly, you don't go absolutely berzerk when the said comment calls a Croat a Serb! You're supposed to hunt me down or something! ;-)

MassiveAttack
April 17th 2009



2688 Comments


haha maybe if i was born in Zagreb, Sisak, or Dubrovnik...any Croatian city I would feel that way. I'm American so I don't have any hatred towards them, my best "mate" (haha) is a Serb. And your "clever play on words" is a massive fail in my humble opinion.

taylormemer
April 17th 2009



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bleh

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's only a massive fail Marko, because you are such a stoic figure. I have a cure for that; Some pop-punk!

Oh come on Jake, let it out mate. Go on a tirade. Don't be scared of DavID shooting your arguments down.

taylormemer
April 17th 2009



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm raising this, only because I initially gave these guys a hard time, but seriously. I can barely handle more than two songs. 'DavID' doesn't concern me either...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nah, DavID doesn't concern anyone. Haha.

Well, at least you raised the rating to a more fair one. I presume it's mainly the (arguably whiny) vocals & unremarkable music that get to you? TBH, I almost had the feeling during an earlier comment of yours (in some other review) that you had something personal against them.

taylormemer
April 17th 2009



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, that pretty much describes my distaste for them. It's mainly the unremarkable music.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

To a significant extent, I guess that is a trait of pop-punk in general.

Vooligan
April 17th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty cool album methinks. The Shake, This Bed and Do Do's and Whoa-oh's are the faves.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

From memory, they were the 3 singles Billy. How boring. What about a bit of digging up dead people?

Hey, didn't you have this rated a 3.5? Are you just off-setting Jake's 0.5 increase?

Vooligan
April 17th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

From memory for me too, i havn't listened to Kisschasy in months, so the faves may have changed if i listen to them again. I like Hyms.... better than this though. Oh and i like Black Dress too
Yes i did, but no, it was more your review convincing me there was too much filler for it to be a 3.5.



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